Skalawag Ridge Lookout Site
US 1465, WA 365
October 2017 photo

October 2017 photo - courtesy of Rod Fosback

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1465, WA 365 (view other lookout sites in United States, Washington)
Date Registered November 19, 2012
Nominated by Ray Kresek
Location Colville National Forest
Ferry County, Washington
Coordinates N 48° 34.585' W 118° 21.944' (view using Google Maps)
N 48° 34' 35" W 118° 21' 57"
N 48.576413° W 118.365740°
Elevation 5,522 ft (1,683 m)
Administered by U.S. Forest Service


A 35' limber pole platform and log cabin, built in 1930 was replaced in 1934 with a 60' pole tower with 7'x7' cab 1/2 mile southeast of summit. A pole platform tower was also built 2 miles northwest. The ruins were still there in the 1980s. The lookout was abandoned in the 1950s.


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Visit Reports

October 16, 2017: Rod Fosback


Comments: The site is overgrown but concrete footings and various lookout parts lay about.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

Directions to tower signed? No
Comments? The old jeep trail leading the site has been recently gated and now requires a 2 mile hike to reach.

Other Comments

Comments Early Forest Service maps dating 1928-1943 spell it as Skalawag Ridge. Later maps from 1952 on changed the spelling to Scalawag Ridge.